Tag Archives: HVAC

Missed Opportunities with Chillers

IceBank Tanks

By Paul Valenta, LEED AP

The HVAC system is rarely thoroughly studied or analyzed until there is a problem. In the daily activities of running a business or managing a building, HVAC is out of sight, out of mind until things get too hot or cold. Then, productivity drops and costs increase as chillers limp along with Band-Aid fixes that result in expensive after-hour service calls. Replacing the chiller with a newer version (i.e. the …

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The State of HVLS Technology

Images courtesy MacroAir

Since the original high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) fan prototype came to market more than 15 years ago, there have been significant technology and design developments improving the way they function. Confidence in the product has grown with architects and engineers through the establishment of an Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA)-approved method of measuring the fan’s performance and, more recently, updated safety guidelines through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems.

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Reflecting on the Versatility of IRCCs

All images courtesy STS Coatings

By Lynn Walters

Unwanted building envelope heat transfer can be a unique problem in commercial construction and retrofit. With the nationwide push for energy conservation and more efficient buildings, architects, engineers, and designers are being asked to come up with viable solutions. There is a large array of products to choose from that can solve many of these obstacles—one in particular is the interior radiation control coating (IRCC).

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A deeper look at ‘breathable’ curtain walls

Glass-clad buildings are often designed to be airtight for energy efficiency, but some design experts feel new thinking on ventilation could have important benefits for indoor air quality (IAQ).

Photo © BigStockPhoto/Oleksiy Mark

In the August 2013 issue of The Construction Specifier, we included a Horizons column—“Introducing ‘Breathability’ to Curtain Walls—by Raymond Ting, PhD, PE.

As a complement to our more straight-ahead technical features, Horizons examines still-emerging technologies and new ways of assembling buildings. In this particular case, Ting dealt with the issue of glazed assemblies and their impact on both energy efficiency and indoor air quality (IAQ). He acknowledged …

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